PSYC 3850 - Forensic Psychology


Examines the relationship between psychology and law, focusing on the roles of psychologists in legal settings. Focuses on the applicability of various psychological theories to criminal justice processes. Topics include competence evaluations, rehabilitation potential, accuracy of eyewitness testimony, the psychology of jury selection, bystander apathy, the insanity defense, and the effectiveness of the polygraph, among others.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about the psychology of law.;
  2. Demonstrate competence in written communication on issues regarding psychological theories as related to the criminal justice system.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of psychology in the criminal justice system.
  • Module 1: Introduction & Overview of Forensic Psychology Concepts
  • Module 2: Effective Interventions
  • Module 3: Psychopathy
  • Module 4: Understanding Homicide
  • Module 5: Sex Crimes
  • Module 6: Domestic Violence
  • Module 7: Behavioral Profiling
  • Module 8: Eliciting Useful Information

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • PSYC 1101: C or better & ENGL 1102: C or better

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